Frequent Fliers: Travel + Leisure magazine's Nancy Novogrod

Thu Feb 18, 2010 9:55pm EST
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Nancy Novogrod is the editor-in-chief of Travel + Leisure magazine ( She lives in New York and travels extensively every year. She spoke to Reuters about managing her travel.

Q: How many flights a year do you estimate you take each year? Which is your most frequent route?

A: "I usually take around 30 flights a year, which includes one or two trips to London, L.A., and Italy (I'm figuring in vacation in the south of Italy, too), Hong Kong (as a jumping-off point for Southeast Asia and China), Delhi (with visits elsewhere in India), Latin America, and, recently, Dubai."

Q: What is the most important factor in choosing an airline?

A: "Easy connections and familiarity. I usually fly on the same U.S. airline, which has a good business-first section, good coverage of destinations, and a huge cluster of my frequent-flier miles.

Q: What was your worst travel experience?

A: "I have been very lucky (and I hope I'm not jinxing it now). Other than a couple of missed connections and canceled flights, some bumpy rides, and long lines, which I tune out on, I've never had a truly terrible experience. Even in the Himalayas, western Ukraine, and the high desert of Chile."

Q: How do you deal with jetlag? Any tricks for sleeping on flights?

A: "After having had some bad experiences with a particular well-known sleeping pill, I now use a prescription medication that's more of a relaxant. I take it right after take-off, and always order the executive meal or quick meal. One thing I never skip: the cocktail nuts, just in case I hate the rest of it. If I arrive in the morning, I try to exercise before my first appointment, to clear my head."   Continued...